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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 703
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 44
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marc77 on 08-12-2002)
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Photo of woosterbill


4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

33cl bottle into a Gouden Carolus goblet.

A: Lightly hazy, pale amber body; gorgeous rocky, longly-lasting two inches of head. Great retention and lacing. Classically beautiful Tripel.

S: Rich, smooth aromas of bready malt, fruity esters (pear + apple, light peach). Some pepper and clove as well. Lovely.

T: Peppery spice up front, with bubblegum + fruity esters leading the way to a malty, boozy finish. Tasty, if a bit hot.

M: Lively, prickly medium body. The huge carbonation softens out eventually, but it's a bit much even for this style.

O: As good as Cuvee van de Keizer is, I was excited to try the Tripel from this brewery. While I wasn't quite blown away by it, I would definitely rank it up in the top tier for the style, alongside things like Karmeliet and St. Bernardus. Good stuff.


06-22-2011 16:35:30 | More by woosterbill
Photo of SFLpunk


3.65/5  rDev -11.4%

11.2 oz brown glass pry-top. Fresh in today at the Beverage Warehouse but no date on the bottle.

Pours with some soapy, but sudsy white head atop a pristine and clear golden yellow body. Nose is SUPER floral, lots of chamomile, lavender and lemon-balm.

Palate is sharp with alcohol up front but then softens out into a sweet thing as it warms. Lots and lots of mixed flowers on the palate with honeysuckle coming out to the forefront. It also reminds me of a lemon/herb lozenge.

Good, but too floral for my tastes and the alcohol is hot and prickly. I prefer a little more sweetness in my Tripels.

06-01-2011 02:14:22 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of goblue3509


4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a slightly hazy straw like color with a big three finger head that explodes in the glass. The head is frothy and soapy and recedes to a nice lace on the glass. The aroma is inviting big sweet notes of candy is rounded out by banana and clove aromas. A smell almost like banana runts. The taste follows the nose nicely, big sweet inviting taste. The candied notes are very present and then banana and clove and a hint of spiciness come in. There is also a champagne like after taste. The mouthfeel is creamy and moderately carbonated. Overall a very solid beer nice big smell and taste. The abv is very well hidden making this a smooth easy drink. This is a beer you could easily have a couple of.

05-23-2011 22:22:45 | More by goblue3509
Photo of canjeeps


4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured into my Portsmith tulip

A- classic tripel color, golden with a slight haze. This one has some crazy head on it. Very tight bubbles. Once I poured it into the glass the head exploded into almost a whipped cream appearance and mouthfeel. I never experienced a head that was like whipped cream.

S- Sweet, bananas, cloves, hint of spice. very nice

T- This is one the better ones. I have had countless triples, and this one hits it on all notes. Mouthfell is creamy and dances on my tongue, It tastes like it smells, not much burn from the abv.

O- Classic triple. Try if you can

05-16-2011 01:20:50 | More by canjeeps
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

Super ultra fluffy cloud of white foam leaves gobs of styrofoam-stiff lace, and sits on top of a sunny yellow color, bright and with much clarity.

Nose is equal parts mineral, lemon, soap, earth, yeast. A bit less spicy and phenolic than many other tripels from the tripel motherland, but no less enjoyable. Just more Saison than Tripel, maybe.

Taste brings in a more traditional tripel slant, with sweet and "hotter" spices coming into the character of Gouden Carolus Tripel, along with the stuff detected in the aroma: lemon and mineral, especially. Citrusy; bright; honey-ish; fruity but not over-sweet. Slightly soapy, not in a bad way, just a way to describe a very detectable characteristic that lacks a better descriptor. Still pretty dry, like a good saison, hops are crisp and felt/tasted strongest after warming and during the finish.

Speaking of crisp, the mouthfeel is just that, along with being an airy, drier sort of drink, and the lemony tartness in the taste gives the sensation of mild lemonade pucker.

Interesting and different, in that the alcohol hardly presents itself (rare for a tripel) and the spiciness is more on the milder side and not quite as sharp as in many other tripels. A Big Belgian Blonde Ale, a Saison, an Imperial Golden Ale, or, okay, a Tripel, but probably just better to enjoy it for what it is than trying to pin it down to any single category (despite what the label says it is).

05-09-2011 22:38:04 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of chadlebald


4.7/5  rDev +14.1%

A: Pale and slightly cloudy, with tons of head--I had to wait a bit to get to the full pour (in fact, I sucked down a few mouthfuls to make space -- no nasty jokes please!). Gentle lacing all the way down to the end of the glass.

S: sweet and malty with the 'expected' Belgian yeast tones. Picked up a bit of faint hops (expected a bit more based on bottle description).

T: Wow. Tropical fruits- pineapple and banana. Hop presence now felt (thank you tongue). I'm getting minerally hops. Not lots but a bit more than typical of the style. And me likey. Finishes with slight alcohol warmth.

M: coats the palette throughout with a balanced smoothness--just enough bitterness to say 'hey don't forget about me!'

O: Agree with previous poster on these fronts: 9% abv sneaks up (wouldn't have thunk it), and may indeed be my new favorite Belgian--tripel or otherwise (title previously held by chimay blue).

04-20-2011 01:57:29 | More by chadlebald
Photo of boudreaux


4.7/5  rDev +14.1%

A: Pours an opaque, cloudy golden color, with a huge, billowy white head; head is a good 3 fingers thick (had to pour 2/3 of bottle, wait for a good 1 minute for head to dissipate, and pour the rest) and finally dissipates to leave a memory foam with sticky lacing

S: This brew has the perfect aroma; very delicate flavors play on the nose, with malt and the candy sugar familiar to Belgian beers present; slight malty notes also present, evidenced by the bready aroma; banana and clove spices also sneak in

T: Hello, fruit! Apricot, banana, and fig flavors sweeten the taste up front; the Belgian candy only sweetens the deal; a hint of malt (caramel) exists, and the spices make their presence known late in the flavor profile, with clove and nutmeg coming out; the bitterness from hops are barely noticeable, but do balance the flavor well

M: The sticky, thick mouthfeel from the malt and Belgian candy overwhelm the mouth upfront; almost syrupy thick; however, the hops provide a biting effect, and the spicy alcohol notes provide warmth and balance; very complex mouthfeel

O: This Tripel sneaks up on you. The flavors are complex, delicious, and perfectly balanced. The alcohol hit me about 3/4 of the way through the bottle. It has a perfect aroma, a great taste and mouthfeel, and is overall wonderful. May be my favorite Belgian beer.

03-25-2011 20:19:42 | More by boudreaux
Photo of Meerkey


4.38/5  rDev +6.3%

A: Thick, fizzy white head -light clear gold.

S: Hops and grains. Spices, dark fruits.

T: Dark fruits, grains, hops, and honey. Delicious.

M: Tingly -fresh, clean, and lingering aftertaste.

O: Delicious. A very good tripel -the classic Gouden Carolus is still my favorite, but this is lovely.

03-20-2011 23:17:31 | More by Meerkey
Photo of woemad


4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

11.2oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $5.49. No freshness date, unfortunately.

Poured a cloudy apricot color, with an inch of white foam. Lots of sediment. Not a lot of carbonation to this, so the head and lacing seemed rather restrained, though a foam skiff endured.

Cloves and bright, sweet, tropical fruit notes abound in the nose.

Spicy and fruity in equal measure, this tastes very well balanced. There's a slight crispy zap at the swallow.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style: light, effervescent ad crisp.

An absolute pleasure to drink, this goes down very easy. I could have several, were it not for the abv and the price.

02-26-2011 06:07:09 | More by woemad
Photo of mmva321


3.63/5  rDev -11.9%

Poured into a snifter.

Tripels do me good in so many ways.

A: I love the color of the body; it's a deep yellow with a slight orange hue. The body is very hazy but has only a small amount of carbonation, which is my biggest complaint on a visual level. There's a large amount of white head that leaves some delicate lacing and has a good amount of retention.

S: It's a little too faint. That's the bad part out of the way. After that it's pure tripel goodness with sweet honey and clove melding with hops and funk to create a nice, light and balanced aroma. Banana, pear, apple I get as far as fruits, but I'm sure there are many more. Maybe if I spent more time smelling fruit I could tell you all of them.

T: I think the balance of the taste is off, at least for my taste. I usually love the light sweetness of a tripel, offset by hops and funk and some tart fruit. In Golden Carlous, the hops and funk dominate the taste along with clove. It's too funky. Although I get a honey taste, which is a nice addition, I fail to really pick up a consequential amount of fruit. I also miss that smoothness I usually find in tripels. This beer is more bracing.

M: Pretty good, but a little thin, and a little light on the carbonation.

D: It's an easy drinking beer, so generally, the tripel will always get some points, but this beer has problems. It's overly strong funk and hops ruin the balance that is so important in a tripel, and the lack of malts in the taste aren't there to mask any faults or give a unity to the beer. It's still good, but I think there are many better options in the style.

02-16-2011 07:30:25 | More by mmva321
Photo of TCHopCraver


4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Reviewed from notes on 1/13/11.

Whoa, we've got a gusher! Luckily I was prepared and decanted slowly into a large snifter. The color is a slightly cloudy gold which might be just a shade darker than most Tripels I have seen. Even with the slow pour, a dense, pillowy, just off-white head debuts at 3 fingers and shrinks slowly. The carbonation is copious and furious and weaves between fine yeast sediment. Lacing left on the glass is clumpy, sticky, and intricate.

The smell contains fruity esters and spice from the yeast, aromas of candied pineapple, banana, crisp Granny Smith apple, pepper, clove, and just a little pine. White grape, golden raisin, and caramel are also found in the bouquet. It is a sweet smell, but with just enough yeast and hops to balance the sweetness.

Ooh, the taste is nice. Caramel and candied fruit land on my lips at first, followed by a burst of clove and peppery spice and a fruity Belgian yeast twang. All sorts of fruit flavors abound - banana, pear, green apple, white grape, mango. The finish is nicely dry for the style with an earthy hop bite.

The mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent while at the same tome possessing some medium cream tones. A nice nip from the spiciness and a decently puckering finish complements the creaminess, but just a little too much of the sweet meat is left on the none at the end of the sip.

This is a very drinkable treat with a well-hidden a.b.v. I do not drink Tripels all that often, but this is definitely one that I will look for again when I am in the mood for this style.

02-09-2011 23:22:35 | More by TCHopCraver
Photo of MrOH


4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

peachy gold with a tight head

apricot, pastry nose

apricot, bread, biscuit, cookie, thyme, chamomile, honey, dandelion, white pepper, anise

medium bodied, slightly sweet, light carbonation with fine bubbles

complex, but easy to drink

from notes, 9-26-10

02-08-2011 01:06:23 | More by MrOH
Photo of sprucetip


3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

From notes. Hazy golden with huge fluffy white head, great retention, extremely active, and with big chunks of yeast visible.

Subtle Beligan yeastyness with some malty sweetness and boozy esters.

Tangy fruity yeasty influence with sweet maltyness playing a supporting role. Floral hops, and mild bitterness add depth and complexity. It balances well, and has a touch of lingering bitterness.

Tingly carbonation fades quickly and reveals a rich, medium bodies middle before the drying and slightly bitter finish.

A legitimate Belgian Ale. Complex, balanced, and nuanced. A tasty treat to sip slowly.

02-01-2011 15:50:18 | More by sprucetip
Photo of clayrock81


4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Pooured a columinous head on top of a orange-red body with great carbonation and lace everywhere. A great aroma that is the Belgian standard. Yeast, orange and citric hops, hints of caramel and/or a mellow sugary sweet malt base; slightly acidic and hints of pepper; something like pear or apple as well. Light-bodied, smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel makes this real easy to drink which is dangeours as the high ABV is well-hidden. Some crisp citric flavors as well as some tart apple or pear give it a little bite, but there's also an orange twang and the yeast notes balance it w/ sweetness. Light spicy pepper, some caramel or honey sweetness and a touch of woodiness all lead to a well-balanced beer that alternates between sharp and fruity and sweet and easy-going. A well-made beer that finishes dry and crisp and probably only spot ABV kicks in, this is a great sipper that gives off plenty of flavors and is a must-try.

02-01-2011 12:29:01 | More by clayrock81
Photo of DaveBlack


4/5  rDev -2.9%

A: Rich golden color, slightly cloudy with 2 fingers of billowy white head with decent retention. After the head recedes, it remains as just a single thin layer on the top of the beer. No lacing to speak of.

S: Yeasty, some notes of honey, and a slightly sour aroma. Different, but not unpleasant.

T: Sweet and yeasty. The honey flavor in the aroma comes through, the and the sweetness is balanced by some hops. The alcohol does not come through the flavor at all, and only a warming sensation in the throat alerts me to the 9 ABV. The beer ends up balanced, but there is a time before the hops kick in that I find this beer a little cloying.

M: Light, a decent amount of carbonation and slightly sticky.

D: A good beer, but there are better Belgians out there. I don't particularly care for the honey-sweetness, but I can see how some people would really like it. I would say that it's definitely worth seeking out.

01-23-2011 23:18:08 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of impending


4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

33cl into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy caramel with a dense pure white head that subsides slowly, nice sheet lacing.

Aroma is yeasty light skinned fruits and grape skins. Could be mistaken for a strong pale aroma.

Taste is quite sweet. Nice phenols give way to the ripe fruits with a citrus twang, spicy. Pleasant minor hops come out in the slightly dry finish. Alcohol is gut warming. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly.

01-21-2011 22:10:05 | More by impending
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New York

3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

Gouden Carolus Tripel | 750 ml. | 9.0% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Tripel
Glass: Duvel tulip

A swirling mass of honey-hued bubbles pulsate in a golden sea. Mountains of foam, white as bone, tower above.

Belgian spicy yeast, lemon peal, and strawy malts peak out of dense clusters of foam.

One gulp introduces a cutting mix of pale malt and tropical fruits undergirded by a blast of alcoholic fury. As it warms, more complex flavors develop--barely ripe banana, asian pear, dried pineapple.

Smooth and clean, the carbonation dominates the mouthfeel, imparting a liveliness unusual in Belgian tripels. However, the tumult of flavors and prickling sensations demands to be palliated by a hearty meal.

Remarkably well balanced for such a lively brew; pale malts, spicy yeast and hops, and tropical fruits melt into each other seamlessly.

Would I get it again?:
Yes. It's a bolder tripel than I usually enjoy--I prefer to brood over my Belgian ales--nonetheless, its a class act.

Bottled: ?
Served: January 18, 2011

01-19-2011 21:25:40 | More by BeerNemesis
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

A: cloudy pale yellow
S: yeasty, banana aroma, typical of the bottle fermentation for this style
T: banana-ey; sweet with hints of seaside; this fares well as a sound specimen of a Belgian tripel
M: very smooth

Outstanding, but too powerful to drink much of, given its ABV and complexity

12-27-2010 14:56:18 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of DPFRD


3.4/5  rDev -17.5%

Served in a Chimay Goblet.

A- Mildly sudsy head that dissipates quickly. Cloudy golden with a touch of brown.

S- Sweet Belgian candi sugar with some biscuit and moderate yeast presence.

T- Interesting openness to this beer. The malt character is light and is accentuated by some piney hops and a hint of sour and yeast.

M- Moderate body.

D- Pretty decent, not my favorite tripel by far and not my favorite Gouden Carolus offering. A good beer to experience and definitely worth drinking; however this is a last call tripel in my book.

12-20-2010 06:18:27 | More by DPFRD
Photo of Thorpe429


3.23/5  rDev -21.6%

Picked up a single bottle of this at the Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a Jackie O's snifter.

The pour brings a brew with a light apricot body as well as a three-finger head with quite a bit of retention. Rocky, moon-like surface with quite a few bubbles on top. The nose immediately brings some light bubblegum character along with a healthy dose of clove. There's a slight toffee character underlying what is coming from the yeast.

The taste immediately comes forward with a strong grain presence and a bit of light sweetness. Along with a bit of white pepper spice and clove, there is some light pear character as well as some slight stone fruits. There isn't the sort of underlying complexity that I would expect here. Additionally, there is also a bit of light apple character. The toffee notes that come from the nose are here as well, and this seems to be a bit heavy on the malt and does not bring nearly enough yeast character.

The feel is medium with a bit of sweetness in the finish. I really would like a lot more coming out of the yeast here, as this is seems to really be lacking in complexity when compared with better examples of the style, and certainly when compared to quite a few other Het Anker brews.

12-08-2010 03:48:46 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of wmtxbb


4.65/5  rDev +12.9%

Bottle poured into chalice.

Appearance: Soft billowy head, cloudy yellow-gold body.

Smell: Spices and pilsner malt, oranges. Not very strong.

Taste: Pepper, orange, sweetness akin to frosting on a cake, lemonade. Alcohol is present, but not too strong. Nice dryness at the end. Light body flavor. Nice bitterness at the end from the hops.

Drinkability: This is a world class beer. Those belgians sure know what they are doing. If I could get this beer at the price I can get miller lite, I wouldn't drink anything else for three months.

12-05-2010 22:38:06 | More by wmtxbb
Photo of jsh420


3.55/5  rDev -13.8%

pours cloudy golden orange with lots of sediment floating around in the glass - small 1finger head that left no lacing

smells very medicinal and semi spicy saaz hops

tastea - good balance of spicy bitter hops and sugary sweet malts - little banana some pineapple maybe some apricot - decent tripel

mouthfeel is light/medium and lively - well carbonated crisp and creamy

drinkability - now it all comes down to taste and there are better tripels out there

10-31-2010 23:38:45 | More by jsh420
Photo of eduardolinhalis


4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Lovely Tripel, no doubt.

A: Pours a pale yellow color. Hazy. Head is white, fluffy and simply HUGE. Remains forever. Disappears leaving many many lacings in the glass. The foam reminded me a Duvel
S: Smell is just perfect. A bomb of honey, pepper, clove, vanilla, fruits (apple and pear) and a bit of citric zest. Sweet. Malts, the traditional Belgium yeasts and flowery hops are also very noticed
T: Follows the nose, however much less sweet than expected which is a very positive point here. Taste is dry. Still can feel the malts, honey, cloves, vanilla and fruits. Delicious hops and Belgium yeasts
M: Heavy and dense body. Medium carbonation
D: Not bad. Carolus beers are usually very intense in the way that I prefer to appreciate them with moderation

10-29-2010 18:57:45 | More by eduardolinhalis
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District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

A: Pours a bright, lightly hazy yellow-orange color. The head is extremely effervescent upon opening the bottle, billowing up into a tall, consistently foamy off-white crown. Retention is sturdy, and some above average rings of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Sweet sugar cookie notes are accompanied by a pleasant Belgian yeastiness. Some spicy notes of clove and golden orchard fruit. A faint citric zest is also present. Faintly peppery. A bit of alcohol, but nothing obtrusive.

T: Significantly less sweet than I was expecting. A flash of sugary/cookie-like flavor fades into a mostly fruity profile. Apple, pear, and mild citrus zest make a solid presence. Lightly spicy notes of pepper and clove.

M: Medium-full body. Very even-keeled, with a bubbly but not overdone carbonation level. Dry into the finish, with a lightly cidery character.

D: A clean, well-rounded tripel that lacks the ammunition to really stack up to its better competition. It doesn't have any glaring flaws, but it's a bit timid for normally robust style.

10-29-2010 00:29:42 | More by Clydesdale
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4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Cloudy orangy yellow. Lively carbonation in large size bubbles.

S: Dried apricot (literally), yeast, plastic-y alcohol

T: A bit apricoty, neutral malt, wood, alcohol. The alcohol is very sedated for the percentage. exceptionally blended.

M: relatively smooth and sparkly.

D: Good.. One of the better Tripels I've had.

10-24-2010 21:34:04 | More by sfprint
Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 703 ratings.